7 Tips For Cleaning Your Home’s Windows

Inside view of a man washing the windows of a house

Windows are one of the most important parts of your home! Regularly cleaning them to ensure they look great and sunlight can shine through isn’t the easiest home maintenance task, especially because it can be a challenge to get the results you want. 

Below are a few tips to help you clean your home’s windows so they’re streak-free and spotless: 

  1. Clear off dust and debris first.

Before getting started, take a few minutes to brush or vacuum your window sills to eliminate the built-up dust and dirt. Not doing so can cause them to get stuck to your windows, making it more difficult to get a nice, thorough cleaning done.  

  1. Avoid cleaning in the sun. 

It’s best to wait for a cloudy day to clean your home’s windows. The heat from the sunshine can cause the water and cleaner to dry too quickly, leaving tough spots and streaks across the window. Waiting for clouds or cleaning at hours when the sunlight has moved away from your home can save you from frustration.  

  1. Utilize cold water. 

Similar to the effects of sunlight while cleaning your windows, warm or hot water can evaporate too quickly and leave streaks from the water and cleaner. Using cold water is an easy solution to this problem. 

  1. Use the right cloth. 

Don’t just use any old cloth or paper towels to clean your home’s windows, or you’ll be left with lint and debris all over. For the best streak-free results, use a clean microfiber cloth. 

  1. Try a squeegee.

You may want to try a squeegee to get the job done, especially if you have large windows, just like the pros use! Luckily, they are very easy to use; just soap up your window and wipe downward at 45-degree angles with a dry squeegee. Be sure to dry it after each use, so you’ll be left with spotless windows.

  1. Tackle those tough stains.

If you have difficult hard water and other stains that aren’t coming off easily, it may help to use a mild abrasive cleaner to lift it up. You may also want to try a cleaning solution with vinegar because the acidity can break up the stain. 

  1. If you can, clean the outside from the inside.

Many modern homes have double-hung windows that can tilt into your home, making it easier and safer to clean the outside. If you do need to head outside with a ladder, make sure there is someone else there to help keep you safe. 

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